The 'Eat, Drink, Love' Drinking Game

Jessica notices patterns in her castmates' behavior.

Braaaaavo, Bravo! First of all, heyyy everybody! Excited for my first ever blog post! What did ya’ll think? OK, pretty loaded episode right? Here’s a more in depth look at my thoughts and feelings on tonight’s episode. PS: I am so curious for your feedback. PLEASE send any questions or comments to me via Twitter! @justjessla

Realization number 1: before you go on National TV, look in the mirror, and No. 2: watch your facial expressions. My frizzy hair and crazy facial expressions will now never be forgotten. Oooops! Ha. It really is weird looking at myself on TV. Everyone has always told me I look like I’m 12, and I never really believed them until right now. OK, now for the good stuff.

So obviously by now you can tell I am a harsh boss. I do not put up with goofing off in the kitchen. I respect my team so much, and know they are qualified and capable for producing impeccable results that meet my standards. If it looks like I am being very blunt and strict, it’s because I am. If I didn’t feel like my team could meet my standards, they would be fired in a heartbeat. I don’t have time to babysit. There are plenty of chefs in this world, and I choose who works for us. I hope they understand the fact that my harshness is trying to better our product, and essentially make them more money. Who wouldn’t want a raise right? Definitely the Doogie Houser of the industry.

Can we for a quick second discuss the amazing chefs, restaurants, and restaurateurs we meet in episode 1? Chef Eric Greenspan, Steven Arroryo, John Terzian, PlanCheck, Public, etc. Holy cow… and it's only the first episode. Kind of freaking out about that. I have looked up to John Terzian for sooo long; he’s been a role model for restaurateurs. His venues are always classy, and run very tightly, (and make a done of $$$$$.)I think it was kind of rude of Waylynn to suggest Kat chose the Shore Bar location to make Brenda’s birthday party about her. To get a bunch of friends together in LA.. for a birthday party is suuuper expensive (I typically charge a 10K minimum for similar spaces). Kat got that space free of room rental charges... at Shore Bar. That’s a BIG deal! Seriously, the reason she did it was because she wanted Brenda to have a great birthday. I’m sure she probably sees that now looking back. Waylynn is seriously one of the most badass chicks I’ve ever met, and I definitely have a girl crush on her! No wonder she’s always getting hit on! 

OK, I am going to comment on the Brenda/Kat drama very briefly, and probably won’t mention too much about it after this because I am so close with both of them. Kat loves to love. She is looking for her Prince Charming, and since she is always working, of course she is going to chat about guys she’s dating in the industry. If others construe her excitement about potential relationships in other ways, it is their prerogative.  

I really hope Brenda says in her blog what kind of sex she was going to compare fonuts too. I’ll give you a hint: it would be the BUTT of the joke! Ha! 

I’ll leave you with this: here’s a quick drinking game I came up with… in case you’re in to that kind of thing:

Kat: drink every time you see a different neon color on her nails or says her word of the day.

Brenda: drink every time she holds a glass of white wine.

Nina: drink every time Nina smells a vegetable.

Jess: drink every time I roll my eyes.

Waylinn: drink every time she gets a gift from a guy.


Jessica and Edward: Going Strong!

Jess has her first date with her boyfriend on-camera.

What a season! Super sad this is the last blog post. Let’s jump right in…

I thought it was so cool of Nina to ask us to give her advice during a pre-tasting for her pop-up. That is one of the cool things about having friends who are good at their jobs in the same industry as you. I respect her so much as a chef, and she really did take every note we gave her to heart. Of course the downer of that was the weird Lindsay situation, but honestly I don’t want to take the attention away from Nina by even talking about that... Lindsay has already done that enough. I know Kat did not mean any harm when she “took credit” for helping with the menu. She was more excited than anyone to help promote Nina’s event and happily put it on Eater. I brought Nina outside after the drama happened just to let her know that even if Kat didn’t show up, I still liked and supported her. Just because I left when Kat did, didn’t mean I wouldn’t continue to help and support Nina in every way possible. Just like Waylynn says in almost every scene of every episode, we should all support each other! She is 100% right.

The pop-up itself was so much fun! The food was AMAZING. The soup was my favorite (essence of corn, dash of beet powder,spicy celery ice cube). I could eat buckets of that. Kudos, Nina. Look at Brenda -- getting all cozy on a second date! Haha I am not one for PDA if you can’t tell, but it was awesome seeing Brenda happy. Speaking of good looking-guys… look who we see in the kitchen -- Marcel! What what! You probably recognize Marcel Vigneron from Top Chef. One thing I love about him is he takes great pride in plating a dish. It’s always so beautiful! It was awesome to get to chat with him the night of the pop-up. 

I would like to wrap up with my hot date at Crust! Ohhh Edward. Our first date was on-camera, and we are still going strong! He is the most amazing person I have ever met, and the fact our relationship began on-camera is so exciting! We can always look back at how awkward I am! Ha! Nothing much has changed in that department, but at least he gets me. I do feel lucky to have him in my life, especially through all the drama. He has been such a rock, offering unwavering support to me during times that aren’t the most fun.

Ask me more questions on how things are going and what's to come on Twitter @justjessla! Just because this is the last episode of the season doesn’t mean the drama is over!